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Privacy and Data Protection

New and emerging technologies, the shift to digital work practices, personal data collection and our ever-increasing digital footprints make cybersecurity and data protection crucial to individuals and business alike. 

Our privacy experts regularly advise public, commercial and private clients on complex privacy matters relating to the application and implications of privacy legislation including:

  • Data protection issues
  • Cybersecurity
  • Identity theft, fraud and hacking/phishing attacks
  • Data breach and mandatory breach notifications
  • Privacy Act obligations, guidance, procedures and policies
  • Privacy issues across the employment life cycle from recruitment and onboarding (reference/fit and proper person checks, drug and alcohol testing, medical/physical checks), requests for personal information, medical incapacitation, disciplinary and performance management and restructuring.

We frequently advise New Zealand businesses on their international privacy and data protection obligations, including GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act) and we advise multinational clients on cross-border privacy issues and their compliance with New Zealand privacy obligations. 

Our privacy experts are up to date with the latest privacy developments. To help clients explore their privacy obligations, we have created a new privacy chatbot.

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Areas of expertise:

  • Privacy Act
  • Cybersecurity Law
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Data Privacy Law
  • Privacy Law and Privacy Commission Investigations
  • Privacy Policies
  • Privacy Act Obligations and Compliance
  • Employment Privacy

Privacy and Data Protection team

Karina McLuskie


Shelley Slade-Gully


Robert Bycroft

Special Counsel

Megan Crocket

Senior Associate

Tabs Rauf

Senior Associate

Tina Liu

Senior Associate

Knowledge and insights

Gear up now for a new whistleblower law

Wednesday 2 November, 2022


Data rights coming for New Zealand consumers

Monday 12 July, 2021


Privacy implications of employers asking for employees’ vax status

Monday 10 May, 2021


Privacy scrutiny for residential landlords

Friday 5 February, 2021


Important Changes to New Zealand's Privacy Laws

Tuesday 14 July, 2020